On Tuesday 9th July 2019 Laser 2000 UK had the wonderful opportunity of sponsoring and judging for the STEM Fest at Ormiston Bushfield Academy.
STEM Fest is an event where students from Year 7, 8, and 9 get to present a project relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Working in teams and in their own personal time, the students had to carry out independent research, work on the quality of their presentations, and finally present in front of a panel of judges ranging from teachers, school governors, and industry representatives from Laser 2000 UK, Caterpillar, and the Optical Society of America.
The students were judged on the following criteria:
There were many awe-inspiring and thorough projects - all the students really impressed us with the level of effort, detail and knowledge that went into them. It was tough to judge from all the fantastic projects but the following groups were the finalists:
First place: Building simulations
This team presented a software which simulates real-world disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes in order to assess the damage caused by such disasters and to better prepare structures to such conditions.
Second place: Sloths and evolution
This team presented on the evolution of sloths and how they’ve evolved to become less preyed on by humans, as well as tackling dangers to sloths, such as deforestation.
Third place: How will future travel affect the economy
They presented on electric cars, using drones as transport methods to free up road space, and floating trains that use magnets, as well as highlighting the financial benefits to the economy.
Winners of the STEM Fest with Guy Holmes, managing director of Laser 2000 UK.